Lifeguards and junior lifeguards from park and recreation agencies throughout the state descended on Bartlett in July to compete in the annual Lifeguard Games organized by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
The competition took place July 14 at the Bartlett Park District in Bartlett.
Gurnee Park District sent four teams, according to a news release. Both the lifeguard and junior lifeguard groups took first place at the event for the ninth year in a row, the release stated. Teams of four competed in tests of strength, speed, rescue skills, endurance and teamwork against other agency lifeguards and junior lifeguards.
“We are very proud of our teams and all of our lifeguards who keep our aquatic customers safe at GPD,” Aquatic Manager Kara Moss said in the news release. “This event is a great way to showcase our dedication to keeping our community safe.
“These guards give 110 percent at work during the day at our facilities and practice at night,” she added. “They even organize their own car wash events to cover the cost of registration, transportation and team apparel. The lifeguards volunteer their time for all practices, preparation and day of event activities.”
She said the award is not just for the lifeguards, but also for the other staff members who work as attendants, customer service and lesson staff that help with practices and fundraise for the event.
“Preparation for this event showcases how much pride our staff have in their jobs, their co-workers and the Gurnee community,” Moss said.
About Gurnee Park District and Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
Gurnee Park District employs about 60 lifeguards and about 60 additional aquatic staff to supervise, instruct and provide services and activities at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, FitNation and Warren High School Pool.